Capitol Volkssport Club
Olympia, WA

CVC Year Round Event - Tenino Town and Trail Walk

A vintage diner
Tenino City Park entrance
Mt. Rainier in the distance
Wildlife sanctuary pond

Event: Tenino Town and Trail Walk

ESVA Challenges: 39 Counties Second Edition - Thurston County, Restaurants (American, Mexican), Womb To Tomb (City Hall, Schools)

AVA Special Programs: Animal Safari, Bridges - Spanning the USA, Fraternal Organization, Honoring Our Flag, National Register of Historic Places, Take a Walk In a City Park, Treasure Hunt, United States Post Offices, Walk the USA - Street by Street (38 states available - see registration book for list)

AVA Sanction#/Distance/Rating: 105538 2017/Y0678 - 10K (rated 2C) with 5K and 10K options (rated 1A)

Start/Finish Times:: Daily 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM January 1 - December 31 (call Tenino Market at 360-264-5650 to check holiday closures).

Heading up the hill
The old bank
Tenino City Hall
The pool is open!

Description: NEW EVENT. After registering, drive less than a mile from start point to Tenino City Park (directions in box) to begin the walk. Seasonal restrooms (April - October) at park. After exiting the Tenino City Park, this walk passes through a small residential area and then joins the Yelm-Tenino Trail (a paved former railroad bed). It later enters the Heernett Environmental Foundation Wildlife Area and Salmon Habitat. The route follows a nature trail past a pond, makes a big loop up a steep trail through the lovely forest above the park, then turns downhill again to return to the park.

(CVC gratefully acknowledges permission granted by the Heernett Environmental Foundation to route the walk through their property. You can learn more about the Foundation, also known as Creekside Conservancy, here.)

Leaving the park the second time, the walk goes into the town of Tenino where sandstone from Tenino's own quarry was used to rebuild much of the downtown after fires in 1905 and 1917. A local master stone carver still works on Olympia Ave. You will pass many of his works on the walk, and may possibly see him at work (hours vary). The route passes an antique mall and several unique shops, as well as the Tenino Depot Museum (open Sat and Sun 12 - 4). The park is home to a 95-feet deep swimming pool (this is well worth a stop on a hot summer day, so you might come prepared for a swim; a small admission fee is charged). The terraced walls on the hillside above the pool are reminders of the stone quarrying activity of the past. The 5K walk is a town walk only and does not include the Yelm-Tenino Trail or the trail through the forest. 5K is rated 1A.

Registration Location: Tenino Market, 669 Lincoln Ave E, Tenino, WA.

Walk Start/End Location: Tenino City Park entrance, Park Avenue, Tenino, WA

Downtown Shops
A tree-shaded house
Tenino Depot Museum
The Quarry Pool

Driving Directions: From I-5 Southbound take exit 101 and turn left onto Tumwater Blvd. Drive about a mile to Capitol Blvd (old Hwy 99) and turn right. Follow Old Hwy 99 for 10 miles to Tenino. Start point is on the left.

From I-5 Northbound, take exit 88. Turn right onto Old Hwy 99 and drive eight miles to Tenino. Continue on Old Hwy 99 (Sussex Ave) through town to start point at intersection of Hwy 507 and Old Hwy 99.

Start box is at customer service counter in front of store next to checkstands.

Accessability/Amenities: The 5K route is possible for wheelchairs or strollers, the 10K is not. Restrooms are at the start point and at various points along the town portion of the route.

Point of Contact: Perki or Peter at 360-459-8167 or via e-mail to

Registration Point Sign: NE Corner of Lincoln Avenue E and Old Highway 99, Tenino, WA
Walk Registration Point: Tenino Market
669 Lincoln Ave E, Tenino, WA
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